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Windows 7: New PC: "Limited Access" to existing WLAN (90% of the time)

08 Feb 2012   #11
gonzoron

Win7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Sigh... So it seems to work with no encryption, and with WPA2, just not with WEP.

The trouble is that I need to use WEP because my TiVo doesn't support WPA2 unless I buy a Tivo-brand wireless adapter. (I have a netgear-brand one now that the TiVo uses for WEP).

Any idea why WEP is flaky on the Windows7 PC? (Upon switching back to WEP, it had me try the WEP password 3 times and then gave up. I'm absolutely sure I typed it correctly. I compared it to the one straight from my router's setting display page, checking and double-checking, even though I've typed it so many times this week I think I have it memorized.)

The default WEP on the router is 64/40 bit. Would 128/104 work any better?

Any way I can get it to work so I can avoid buying the Tivo adapter? (I know WEP isn't really secure, but it's better than nothing)


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08 Feb 2012   #12
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

That's good news, we found out the cuprit. Not much that you can do if some devices won't hand shake well with the router's security. I had an issue with my old Lenovo Laptop and it's using it's built-in Wi-Fi adapter, it will only connect by using WEP when I changed my router, but I want my network to be secured with WPA2 so buying a Wi-Fi adapter that supports WPA2 resolved it for me.

At this point I would recommend to get a Tivo adapter. Spend a little money rather than be sorry at the end.

BTW....WEP Security = NO Security. WEP can be hacked in a couple of seconds. WPA is also hackable. Best to secure your wireless network with WPA2.

A good read here on how to secure your wireless network.
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08 Feb 2012   #13
gonzoron

Win7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

I was afraid of that.

(I'm aware that WEP is easily and quickly crackable, but it's better than no security in that the average schmo passing by with his smartphone isn't going to go, "ooh! free wifi!" when they see it. Yes, someone who knows what they are doing can get in after about 15 minutes, but I'm in a rural enough neighborhood that I doubt anyone would bother skulking around looking for networks to break into. WEP is enough of a deterrent get the average moocher to look elsewhere, and that's enough for me.)

But that's neither here nor there. Whether its advisable or not, what I find bizarre is that my fancy brand new Windows 7 box can't do what every old XP PC in the house can. (and the tivo, and the ipod, and the android phone...) And it seems this is not an uncommon issue. Googling around, it seems pretty common, but with no one caring to find a solution, because everyone just says to switch to WPA. :P

Anyway, thanks very much for your help. Looks like I need to get the tivo adapter after all. Unless I feel like running an ethernet cable through my wall...
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08 Feb 2012   #14
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

....or maybe a homeplug solution op? would that work?
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08 Feb 2012   #15
gonzoron

Win7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Yeah, that would work, but at prices much higher than just getting the Tivo adapter. It's $60 from Tivo, but it looks like I can get it for $27 though amazon.
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08 Feb 2012   #16
2xg

Win7 & Win8 64bit
 
 

I shop at Amazon every week, it's for work though, all electronic items and they are reasonable compare to others.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gonzoron View Post
Yeah, that would work, but at prices much higher than just getting the Tivo adapter. It's $60 from Tivo, but it looks like I can get it for $27 though amazon.
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08 Feb 2012   #17
manhunter2826

Windows XP - Now Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit).
 
 

good cust. service from Amazon too -- for me consistently over plus 6 yrs
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08 Feb 2012   #18
gonzoron

Win7 Home Premium 32bit SP1
 
 

Yup, I'm a loyal amazon shopper for years. That's not the problem, it's the principle.
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